Two foreign nationals who were on a ‘nature walk’ through Dungarpur’s hills were assaulted by locals, 500 km from Jaipur.
Estonian nationals Kak Vahur (45) and Kuth Eha (46) were admitted to the ICU of Udaipur’s GBH American Hospital Tuesday night after they sustained head injuries after a spat with locals in Dungarpur’s Kherwara area. The police arrested locals Lal Chand (30), Kanti (32) and Nathu (61).
The tourists, described as ‘nature lovers’ by police, were staying in Dungarpur for the past few days and had left for Udaipur on foot on Tuesday morning. They were walking by a hill along the forest when they ran out of water. They went to an old woman’s house nearby and asked for water. “The old woman was alone and could not understand what the tourists wanted. In confusion, she shouted for help and some locals arrived at the scene,” Udaipur SP Rajendra Prasad Goyal told The Indian Express.
“An altercation ensued as the locals mistook the tourists for troublemakers and threw stones at them. They sustained injuries but are out of danger. We had them talk to their embassy in Delhi,” he said.
Some sections of local media, however, reported that the duo were attacked by locals while they were having lunch at a scenic forest spot near Pahada. The locals, reportedly inebriated, confronted the tourists and attacked them following a verbal spat.
“They were seriously injured, but their condition is stable now,” Siddharth Verma, the doctor in charge, said.